You can only decipher the meaning of a sentence by deciphering every individual word - yet a sentence carries more meaning than any of the individual words.
In Three Words: Humongous. Compelling. Vivid.
Why Should You Read It: To know about stuff, quite simply. There are places where it gets scary, and the book becomes all science, science and more science. (Well, it is science, so shouldn’t be such a surprise!) But what makes it a brilliant piece of written work is the manner in which the author hand-holds you in the complicated world of genetics. And this is where the book wins. Read it for an approachable and engaging insight into the subjects, without getting bogged down by it.
Beyond the Book: The author is a cancer physician and researcher, and his first book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won the 2011 Pulitzer prize for general nonfiction.